Mittwoch, 07. Juni 2017, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Wednesday Seminar

Towards an Anthropology of Culpability? Ethnographic Reflections on the Formation of Violent Subjects.
Martha-Cecilia Dietrich

Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, HS-C
Universitätsstraße 7 (NIG); 4. Stock, 1010 Wien


"Times of fear", is a popular phrase used to describe the Peruvian internal armed conflict (1980-2000), fought between the Peruvian state forces, the Maoist insurgent group Shining Path and the Tupac Amaru revolutionary movement. Almost two decades after the end of the conflict, the question of how to remember twenty years of insurgent and state violence continues to polarise Peru's social and political landscape.

Engaging in what Nandini Sundar (2004) calls 'anthro-pology of culpability', I want to offer an examination of the modes in which culpability is constructed in the after-maths of the Peruvian conflict. More specifically, I will look at the production and circulation of audio-visual materials that contribute to the formation of violent subjects.

Martha-Cecilia Dietrich completed her PhD in Anthropology with Visu-al Media at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthro-pology at the University of Manchester and is currently a lecturer and post-doctoral scholar at the University of Bern. Her research interests are in the fields of political anthropology, anth-ropology of experience, memory and imaginati-on as well as sensory methodologies including ethnographic filmmaking and audiovisual rese-arch collaborations.

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